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Wild bird populations in the UK

Annual trends in wild bird populations in the UK.

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Wild bird populations in the UK, 1970 - 2012

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Introduction to the Wild Birds Population Indicator

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Detail

This publication present trends in wild bird populations in the UK and explores the detail behind the headline results. Bird populations provide a good indication of the broad state of wildlife. This is because birds occupy a wide range of habitats, so they tend to be near or at the top of food chains. There is also considerable long-term data on changes in bird populations from a range of national surveys and monitoring schemes co-ordinated by expert organisations.

The bird population indices have been compiled in conjunction with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC).

For more statistics about the status of bird populations internationally, please see the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme website.

The next release is scheduled for 2014.

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